The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Oh, woe is us. Con­sider that the av­er­age Amer­i­can fam­ily spends $1,000 each year on the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture, whether or not it uses that agency’s ser­vices. The agency also em­ploys 96,000 work­ers in 7,000 offices, and over­sees 10,700 pages of reg­u­la­tions. Th­ese fac­toids and other won­ders of bloated bu­reau­cracy can be found at www.Down­siz­ing­Gov­ern­ment.or g, a nifty new watch­dog site launched Mon­day by the Cato In­sti­tute with a fo­cus on in­ef­fi­ciency, in­ef­fec­tive­ness, re­dun­dancy and cor­rup­tion.

“Some peo­ple have lofty vi­sions about how gov­ern­ment spending can help so­ci­ety,” says project leader Chris Ed­wards, di­rec­tor of tax-pol­icy stud­ies at the or­ga­ni­za­tion. “The es­says on this Web site put aside such bed­time sto­ries about how gov­ern­ment pro­grams are sup­posed to work, and in­stead fo­cus on how they ac­tu­ally work in the real world.”

Grum­bles, rum­bles, press re­leases to jharper@wash­ing­tont i m e s .com or 202/636-3085.

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